1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins

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July 4, 2018 all-day
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W. T. (Bill) Rabe founded the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club (MISS&GC) with the inaugural Mackinac Island 4th of July Stone Skipping Contest in 1969. He continued to be the tournament director and for the next 23 years, until his death. Bill endlessly promoted Mackinac Island, Grand Hotel and Stone Skipping nationally and internationally through broadcast and print media. Bill published The Boulder, the avant guard journal of stone skipping. He also established and presided over the MISS&GC Winter Rules Committee Meeting.

The actual competition, men tossing stones on shore

Commander Tellefson was known as the “The grand old man of stone skipping” and was a legendary ambassador of the sport. His 17-skip stone at Mackinac Island’s Point Aux Pins in 1932 stood unchallenged for 25 years and was the inspiration for the founding of the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club. The Commander opened the Mackinac Island 4th of July Stone Skipping Tournament annually with his traditional and now famous cry: “Let he who is without Frisbee cast the first stone.”

The Little David Trophy
Stone Skipping Fans - Mackinac Island

Formed in 1969, the Mackinac Island Stones Skipping and Gerplunking Club has hosted the annual stone skipping contest on Mackinac Island for over fifty years. The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing competitors, officials, and others who have made a significant contribution to the sport of Stone Skipping. Visit the Hall of Fame online at http://www.misshof.com .

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club has even designed a dissolvable skipping stone to statisfy environmental requirements!

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the event.

Source : W. T. “Bill” Rabe and Commander E. M. Tellefson, Ret. Inducted Into the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Hall of Fame, MISS&GC Hall of Fame Inductees 2011, February 5, 2011.

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament, July 6, 2014.

Shane Cashman, “Invaders on Holiday (or, The Consequences of Time Travel at the International Stone Skipping Competition)“, Hippocampus Magazine, March 1, 2018.

Also see Skip Stones for Fudge (2016)

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